Get out and vote Tuesday, November 3, 2015!
It is important to vote and make your voice heard in the next election.
You can make a difference!
Make Your Judicial Vote Count
- As the voting patterns were analyzed after the Nov. 6, 2012 general election, one thing became clear: a lot of Cuyahoga County voters who cast a ballot for president didn’t vote for judge. In fact, the Cuyahoga County judicial voter drop-off that year was as high as 40 percent.
- That fact and others led to a plan to reform judicial elections in Ohio. Two aspects of the plan include moving all judicial races to odd-numbered years and to the top of the ballot and increasing the qualifications to serve as judge.
Before You Vote
The third part of the plan became a reality on September 1 with the launch of the first statewide judicial voter education website: JudicialVotesCount.org. For the first time, Ohioans will have access to quality information about all candidates for judge in the 2015 races.
Know who is on the ballot
In addition to candidate profiles, JudicialVotesCount.org features information about what judges do, descriptions about the duties of different courts, and brief videos of former judges explaining how the court system works. With 2015 being an odd-numbered year, there are more than 80 candidates seeking nearly 60 municipal court judgeships in about 30 counties across the state. All judges in Ohio are elected to six-year terms.
Now that you are educated and are familiar with who will be on the ballot, it's time to Get Out and Vote!
Registering to vote
- You must be registered 30 days prior to the election date.
If you have never voted before or have only voted sparingly in the past you probably have questions about voting. To help remove any confusion or uncertainty that might keep you from the polls, here are some important things that you should know:
Where and when to vote?
The next election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.
You can find the voting location information on your voter registration card, or you can call your local election office and they will direct you where to vote. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters.aspx
What to bring?
All voters must show an ID at the polls. You may show one of the following:
- Ohio driver's license or ID card (even if it shows a previous address)
- Military identification
- Bank statement
- Current utility bill
- Current paycheck
- Any current government-issued document showing your current address
Fighting for the Right to Vote
Voting is a precious right and one that was hard earned for many.
African-Americans were not given the right to vote until the end of the Civil War in 1865. And even after they officially gained the right, many risked their jobs, and even lives, to vote.
Women didn’t earn the right to vote nationwide until 1920, and it took decades of struggle.